July 2006 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Expert tease: Weight loss in a bottle?

Glaxo has asked the FDA for approval to market an over-the-counter (OTC) drug called Alli – pronounced, “al-eye.” Alli is simply a low-dose version of a prescription weight-loss drug called Xenical. If the FDA approves Alli, it will have the distinction of being the only weight-loss drug available OTC.

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Offset the effects of gout with cherries

At the first signs of a gout attack, eating cherries and drinking cherry juice will usually offset the effects of excess uric acid.

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Safety tips

Safety tips are not quite the same as health tips, but keeping out of harm’s way is certainly a healthy practice. In a Healthier Talk community forum this week, a member named djc50 begins a discussion titled “A Good Home Safety Idea” with this tip.

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Liver failure linked to prescription antiobiotic ketek

The FDA has received 12 reports of acute liver failure linked to Ketek. Four of those patients died. One patient required a liver transplant

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Whole grain-rich diet may reduce the risk of gum disease

Now a new study shows that a dietary choice may reduce the risk of gum disease (periodontitis).

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A careful inventory of instruments and sponges needed with surgeries

A team from Stanford School of Medicine recently conducted a test of a new technique for detecting sponges. In eight surgeries, special sponges implanted with radio frequency identification chips were placed in an unsealed wound. Then a second doctor who didn’t know where each sponge was hidden used a scanning wand to search for the sponge. In all eight cases the sponges were quickly found.

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Dental checkups and your heart

Sooner or later Annie may pay a dear price if she doesn’t get regular dental checkups, because in spite of her healthy efforts she could be putting her heart in serious jeopardy.

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